Alumnae Achievement Awards
JudyAnn Bigby ’73
Health Care Advocate
After receiving a B.A.
in biology from Wellesley, JudyAnn Bigby ’73 graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1987. Dr.
Bigby and her siblings were
the first in their family to attend college; she was
the first to become a doctor.
After medical school, Dr. Bigby completed
a primary care internal medicine residency at the University
Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and was a
Henry J. Kaiser Fellow in general internal medicine at
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s
Hospital. In 1984, she joined the faculty of the department
of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and
Harvard, and she has been active in teaching, patient
care, research, and administration. She is also the medical
director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and
Dr. Bigby has devoted her career to addressing the health-care
needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. She
is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in substance-abuse
education for primary-care physicians. Her current work
focuses on health care for low-income and minority women.
She works with public health officials, community health
centers, and other community-based organizations to explore
models for care for disadvantaged women, identify ways
to overcome barriers to care, and decrease racial disparities
in health status and health access.
Recognized for her many outstanding
achievements, Dr. Bigby is the recipient of many awards,
Betty Ford Award and Lectureship from the Association
for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse;
the David H. Mulligan Award for Leadership and Public
Service from the Boston Public Health Commission; the
Mary Horrigan Connors Award for Outstanding Leadership
in Women’s Health from the Brigham and Women’s
Hospital; the Massachusetts Black Legislature Caucus
Health Care Award; and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers
Note of interest: Dr. Bigby is Boston
Mayor Tom Menino’s
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